Lusaka. June 1, 2015.
Lusaka — The Government of the United States of America today awarded $35,000 to Zambian community-based organizations through the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). The four grants will expand economic opportunities and improve the standard of living in communities in four provinces.
At the signing ceremony which took place at the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Ambassador Eric Schultz met with representatives of the four groups and praised them for their commitment to improving lives through income generating activities that also bolster food security locally. He affirmed the U.S. Embassy is proud to support dedicated Zambian organizations seeking to initiate development solutions targeted to their communities.
The U.S. government, through USADF, provides financial support directly to Zambian organizations empowering those least served by existing markets or assistance programs to become a part of Africa’s growth story. Grants awarded today will purchase a rice processing mill to benefit the farmer members of the Centre for System of Rice Intensification in Solwezi; will increase agricultural yields for the members of Chatata Women’s Venture in Chipata through the addition of two oxen, a cart and ripper; improve the incomes of smallholder farmers in Mungwi through the establishment of a pig pass-on program administered by Cinci Wa Ba Bili Rural Development Project and support a fish farming project to diversify the incomes of members of Sepa Sehao Agricultural Cooperative in Choma.
USADF is an independent U.S. government agency dedicated to increasing local food production, growing income levels and improving livelihoods in hard to reach communities across 19 African countries. Since 1994, USADF has funded in excess of $260 million in African-initiated and led development projects impacting the lives of five million Africans. Since 2011, USADF small grants have benefitted 24 organizations in Zambia, delivering a total of $195,000 in support.